Before entering the climbing area at ASCEND, all climbers and visitors must have a current Release of Liability Form (Waiver) signed and in our system. If you are 17 years of age or younger, your Waiver must be signed by a parent or documented legal guardian and you must be accompanied by a guardian on your first visit. The Waiver can be completed online ahead of time or during your first visit to the gym. You only have to do this once and this waiver applies to all ASCEND facilities!
For directions to ASCEND Youngstown go HERE. Directions below speak to ASCEND Pittsburgh.
Park in either of our two off-street lots or snag a street-spot (2-hour restrictions apply 12p-12a). Sign the register at ASCEND if you park at Rite Aid.
Bus lines 48, 51, 54, 75, 81, 83 all pass within a handful of blocks of ASCEND, so regardless of where you are bussing from, you are covered!
Our secure outdoor and indoor parking ensures your bike will be safe. Travel by street, or use the riverfront trail to get here from as far as DC (no joke!)
As part of our commitment to make your first visit (and every subsequent visit) totally hassle-free, we offer free, on-site parking. No fighting for a space on the streets of the Southside of Pittsburgh. Just park out front and come on in.
The rates below speak to both ASCEND Pittsburgh and ASCEND Youngstown. Youth, senior, and discount customers receive 10% off day passes, punch passes, and memberships. See below for additional pricing information
A Day Pass at ASCEND includes unlimited climbing, use of our fitness equipment, and one class - yoga or fitness - which is obviously pretty awesome. Child pricing available for kids 13 and under, but excludes that one yoga and fitness class. If you are bringing a group of 5 or more kids, you must make a reservation, as ASCEND Coaches need to be present in many instances.
A complete line of rental equipment will be maintained for exclusive use inside the facility. This ensures that you can climb with the proper equipment if you do not own gear or if you are visiting Pittsburgh. If this is your first visit to ASCEND, shoes and a chalk bag are on us!
Climbing Shoes $5
Chalk Bag $2
Harness and Belay Equipment $5
Gear Rental Package $10
Monthly Gear Rental Package $30 (must have membership)
Monthly Locker Rental $20 (must have membership)
Managing your account is painless and easy. Just head over to our account management page and let us know what you need to update and we'll take care of the rest.
As long as one parent or guardian has a membership, each child or youth (17 and under) is just $40 a month.
Additional Pricing Information
Interested in picking up a Gift Card, Day Pass, Membership, or 11 Punch Pass online? - Get them here!
Day Pass is good for literally the ENTIRE DAY, but only where purchased.
A Day Pass includes your choice of a yoga or fitness class (at facilities where offered) - Child Day Pass excluded.
The member perk "free entry for new ASCEND guests (one per day)" only applies to guests who have never been to any ASCEND location before.
Affiliate Discounts: ASCEND is happy to offer a 10% discount on admission and memberships to the following groups: college students, seniors (60+), public safety (military, law enforcement, fire, etc), ECP, AMRG, AMGA, PCGI, AAC, Access Fund, Venture Outdoors, Bike PGH, AmeriCorps, and the National Ski Patrol. Discount will be applied once proof of affiliation has been shown to a staff member in-store at ASCEND and cannot be retroactively applied to dues already billed to your account. Discounts DO NOT apply to prorated EFT dues! Periodic proof of eligibility for a discounted membership and other discounts will be required, and requested via email only. Failure to provide proof of discount eligibility will result in non-discount dues and rates being assessed. This is not considered an increase in dues and does not require 60 days written notice, although reasonable notice will be given.
Child Pricing (13 & under): $12 child day pass, $120 11 punch pass, and 10% off of membership.
Youth/senior Pricing (14-17): 10% off of day passes, 11 punch passes, and membership.
Locker rental only applies to ASCEND Pittsburgh.
Climbing Gym Employee Discount: Do you work at another climbing gym? Get a Day Pass or Prepaid Membership at a discount. All we ask is that you demonstrate reasonable proof and give us a high-five!
Homeschool Program: Check in M-F, 10a-2p. $8 youth, $10 adult. Must visit as a family and show proof of homeschooling.
Punch Passes are non-transferrable, but you are able to use the passes to treat family and friends to a day of climbing if they accompany you!
How do auto-renewing (EFT) memberships work? Dues are automatically deducted from your checking account or billed to your credit card each month. Dues, no more than one month at a time and no more than one month in advance, can be prepaid cash, credit, or gift card, but at the non-EFT membership rate. For an auto-renewing membership to be cancelled or frozen, you must inform us at least 1 day prior (24 hours or more) to the next billing date (we bill on the 1st of each month).
May I place my membership on hold? Absolutely - ASCEND Pittsburgh allows EFT Members to freeze their memberships. Freezes must start on the first day of the month and thaws must occur on the last day of a month. To freeze your membership, you must submit this form at least 1 day prior (24 hours or more) to the freeze date to ensure that you will not be billed for the next month. You must also indicate a thaw date, which is the date on which you want EFT billing to restart, and this date may only be at most 12 months in the future. Upon restarting a frozen membership, the membership will continue through at least the end of the next month following that date. It then continues indefinitely until cancelled or changed.
ASCEND’s retail stores is regularly stocked with soft and hard goods from the industry’s leading brands. Offerings may vary, but you can always expect a wide range of climbing shoes, chalk and chalk bags, brushes, crash pads, harnesses, ropes, draws, carabiners, belay devices and other accessories. Consult with any of ASCEND’s knowledgeable staff members for advice, to check on availability, or to place a special order. We'll even resole your shoes!
Need to get your shoes resoled? Let ASCEND help make the process hassle free. Orders ship the first Monday of every month and are expected back within 3-6 weeks. Prices can vary from $30 - $90, depending on make, model, condition, and preference. See front desk for more details.
Interested in picking up a Gift Card, Day Pass, Membership, 11 Punch Pass, or place a special order?
ASCEND Pittsburgh (not available at ASCEND Youngstown) offers limited Child Watch services for parents or legal guardians that remain on site to use our facility. Qualified, adult staff members can be made available to watch children in our specially designed Child Watch room during reserved time slots. Children ages 6 months - 6 years can stay for up to 2 hours per day and guardians must remain on site. ASCEND will provide one staff member per four children. Parents must provide snacks, drinks, diapers, medications, etc.
In order for us to watch your child, YOU MUST MAKE A RESERVATION through our online system at least 48 hours in advance (if it's within 48 hours, please call 412-745-2141 and we will do our best to try to make a short notice accommodation). Time slots are available in 2-hour blocks. If our scheduled times don't work for you, we'd be happy to make a special arrangement for you. The price for a special reservation is $20 per child, per 2-hour slot. To arrange a reservation or to seek additional assistance, please send us a message or call 412-745-2141.
*We always strive to provide the best customer service for our guests and members. In order to continue doing so, we will not be offering Child Watch services during the weekends until further notice as we work to increase our staffing levels. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Member Parents: $12 per child, per 2-hour slot.
Non-member Parents: $14 per child, per 2-hour slot.
If a staff member cannot be made available, the room is available for customers and their children to use, provided that guardian supervision happens at all times.
Child Watch reservations are NOT refundable.
There is no member-pricing for special reservations.
Parties & Groups
Experiencing ASCEND with a group of friends or family is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to the wonderul sport of climbing! Parties and groups at ASCEND come in all shapes and sizes, so not matter what you have in mind, we can likely make it happen. See below for your options and start booking your event right away!
Note: We are booking parties at ASCEND Youngstown, but in a more limited capacity. To inquire, please select the "large and customer group booking inquiries" button below and be sure to make note that you're interested in having an event in Youngstown. Thank you!
Two hours of top-roping, bouldering, climbing education, and good times (1 coach per 5 particpants)
Rental equipment: shoes, chalk, harness
Private room with tables and chairs, refrigerator and freezer, disposable plates, cutlery, and cups
Monday - Friday: 6p - 8p
Saturday - Sunday: 12p - 2p | 3p - 5p
$200 for 1 - 5 participants
$300 for 6 - 10 participants
$400 for 11 - 15 participants
$500 for 16 - 20 participants
$600 for 21 - 25 participants (adults only)
$700 for 26 - 30 participants (adults only)
*If you have 20 or fewer participants, can book five weeks or more in advance, and have no special considerations, you may book through our Standard Group Automated Booking system and save $25 on the above rates! If that suits you, continue reading and select the button below titled Standard Group Automated Booking. Note: Bookings in the future beyond 16 weeks will not be permitted.
There are no age restrictions to climb at ASCEND, however groups of five or more youth participants (17 & under) must make a reservation. In many instances, we require ASCEND Staff to be present during youth groups.
Groups larger than 20 must reserve Monday - Friday from 10a - 4p. Exceptions are possible, but will result in an upcharge. Inquire by using the form below.
A 20% discount may be extended to non-profit groups, depending on time, number of participants, and other special circumstances. Inquire by using the form below.
Full payment must be made to confirm your booking.
A signed waiver is required for anyone entering the facility, even adults, younger children, or babies who are purely spectating. Participants 17 and under must have their waiver completed by a legal guardian.
100% of your payment will be refunded if you cancel ten days before your scheduled event.
50% of your payment will be refunded if you cancel five days before your scheduled event.
0% of your payment will be refunded if you cancel less than five days before your scheduled event.
LARGE AND CUSTOM PARTIES AND GROUPS
Whether it’s a bachelorette party, company team-building, or a college orientation ASCEND prefers to treat each event uniquely. If you desire more than what we've listed above, just let us know what you're thinking and we'll work together to design your perfect event.
Due to COVID-19, please contact [email protected] before booking a group event. Thank you!
So you want to know more about what ASCEND Pittsburgh offers (click HERE to learn more about ASCEND Youngstown's facility)? Here’s a quick and simple list of just some of the amenities you can look forward to:
3 unique, enormous, 16 foot tall boulders, with varying terrain that is suitable for all climbers, from beginners to elite athletes
24 foot tall top-rope pillar with 20 rope stations and auto belays
Climbing training equipment that includes: an oversized woody wall, moon board, and campus wall, diverse hang boards and grips, pull-up stations, and more!
Fitness area: cardio machines, free weights, kettle bells, benches and squat racks, cross-training equipment, slacklines, and more!
Yoga studio with full schedule and diverse class offerings
Child watch room so parents can stay active, yet close by
Retail area including climbing gear, food, and beverages
Mezzanine level with expansive viewing area
Kitchenette and lounge available to everyone
Easy access hand-washing and water bottle refill stations
Locker rooms with showers and foot washing stations
Accessible shower and toilet facilities and locker rooms
Captivating views stretching from Oakland to Downtown Pittsburgh
Rules?! There are no rules in climbing, right? Well kind of. So here are ASCEND's:
Food, beverages, and sharp objects must stay off the bouldering pads.
Street shoes and bare feet are not permitted on climbing walls.
Sober climbing is the best climbing - do not climb while intoxicated.
All climbers and visitors must complete a liability waiver before entering ASCEND.
Climbers 13 and under must be directly supervised by an adult.
You must be at least 14 to be in the fitness and training areas or to take a regularly scheduled climbing, fitness, or yoga class.
There is only one wall you can end up on the top of: the top-out wall!
Belaying requires approval from ASCEND staff.
Climbing shoes are not permitted in the bathrooms. Gross!
Climbing flooring is for falling - not walking, sitting, or horsing around.
Use caution when using the climbing walls and fitness equipment - this is not a jungle gym!
Etiquette schmettiquette! But seriously, let's keep everyone happy and healthy.
This is a safe space. Everyone deserves respect and compassion.
Pay attention! Other climbers may be above you or waiting to climb behind you.
Shirts are required - we promise to keep it cool.
Only spot when asked and/or trained to do so.
Politely ask before telling someone how to climb - figuring out the beta is half the challenge!
Gender does not determine skill or strength. Don't assume.
Keep your wet and muddy shoes away from the climbing areas.
Chalk belongs in your bag and on your hands.
Clean up after yourself - put away fitness equipment - wipe down machines.
Please keep in mind: Failure to adhere to the Rules & Etiquette of ASCEND can lead to the suspension of climbing and facility access privileges.
Youth Rules and Tips: Kids LOVE and EXCEL at climbing, especially bouldering. Unfortunately, they sometimes view it as a jungle gym when in reality it is quite the opposite! We want kids to have fun, but our guests' safety is our top-priority. This is why we will strictly enforce the DIRECT SUPERVISION of any kids 13 and under. While supervising, please remember the following rules. Please help us take safety seriously.
No running on or off the pads, but especially on the pads.
Pads are only for climbing and falling on. Do not jump around, chase anyone, or perform gymnastics.
Approach the intended climb from directly in front of the start. Do not walk on the pads to your next climb. Simply said, get on, climb, then get off.
Give other climbers at least 15 feet of space and only one climber per route.
The downclimb is only for getting off of the orange top out boulder.
Keep chalk socks inside chalk bags. Never throw chalk socks or anything else.
Fitness, cardio, and training areas are off limits for those 13 and under.
NEVER walk underneath a climber. This could result in injury or death and is the most important thing that you will read on this entire website!
If these rules are not followed, we reserve the right to ask you to leave.
What is ASCEND?
ASCEND is Pittsburgh’s premier indoor rock climbing facility. We offer climbing, fitness, yoga, classes, group events, memberships, and other services. ASCEND's retail shop will provide climbers of all abilities with a wide variety of climbing gear.
I have never climbed before. Do I need any previous experience to participate?
Absolutely not! First-timers and experienced climbers coexist and learn from each other. Bouldering - which is mostly what we offer - has no pre-reqs and you can be climbing within minutes of arrival. For those looking to climb on ropes, we also have auto belays and ropes, with classes designed to teach you rope skills and climbing movement.
What should I wear to climb?
Athletic clothing is advised, but you’ll see climbers in jeans too! Climbing shoes are required, but if you don’t have your own pair, we have them to rent. If this is your first visit to ASCEND, shoes and a chalk bag are on us!
Your website says that the facility has auto belays. What are auto belays?
The auto belay is a device that slowly lowers the climber to the ground in the event of a fall. Auto belays allow individuals who have not been through a belay check-off the opportunity to climb the rope walls in the gym. They are also a great option for climbers who are visiting the facility without a partner. No experience is necessary, but a brief tutorial is required to use the auto belay.
Where are you located, and what are your hours?
We are located in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood at 2141 Mary Street (15203). For maps, directions, and hours of operation, see our location and hours below.
Is parking available at your facility?
Yes, free parking is available in two off-street lots located directly adjacent to ASCEND and at the corner of Jane and 23rd Streets (the “Rite Aid lot”). Street parking is also available near the facility.
ASCEND has five separate walls, each one featuring different angles and heights ranging from 13 to 24 feet.
Do I need to sign a waiver or release form?
Yes, every participant and visitor must sign a liability waiver in order to enter our facility. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign for them.
Do I need to sign a new waiver each time I visit?
No, this form only needs to be filled out once and maybe periodically over time. The gym will keep a copy of your waiver on file.
How much does it cost to climb?
ASCEND offers monthly memberships, 10 punch passes, and day passes. Find out more information in our "Rates" section above.
Are there any age restrictions or requirements at your facility?
There are no age restrictions to climb, however, climbers 13 and under must be directly supervised by an adult. You must be 14 or older to be in the fitness and training areas or to take a regularly scheduled yoga class. Note: Groups of five or more youth participants (17 & under) must make a reservation. In many instances, we require ASCEND Coaches to be present during youth groups.
I don’t have my own equipment. Does your facility provide or rent equipment?
Yes, ASCEND rents shoes, chalk, harnesses, and belay hardware. If it's your first time here, shoes and chalk are on us. Check our "Rates" section above for detailed pricing.
What is belaying?
Belaying is the act of safely managing the rope for the climber. The belayer is responsible for the climber’s safety as he or she ascends the wall. In the event of a fall, the belayer secures the climber by holding the rope. In order to belay in the facility, an ASCEND team member must verify your ability to belay correctly.
Do you have climbing options for children?
The climbing gym is suitable for all ages. We offer party packages, programs, and other activities for children. In addition, our climbing walls are designed for individuals of all ages and skill levels. For more information, please go HERE.
How can I work at ASCEND?
We promise you'll have fun and feel fulfilled working at ASCEND. To get started, visit this page.
How often will the problems and routes get changed?
Boulder problems and top-rope routes will be stripped and reset on an ongoing basis with the entire gym being reset over a 6-8 week period. There will always be something new for our members to be excited about.
May I use an ASCEND gift card to purchase a membership?
Yes! You may use an ASCEND gift card to purchase anything at ASCEND, in store only. Apologies that this service is not available online at this time. Additionally, you may apply your gift card toward your EFT membership dues, no more than one month at a time and no more than one month in advance, but at the non-EFT membership rate.
What if I have a large group, but don't want to book a party?
That's okay! You're more than welcome to stop in whenever suits you best. That being said, we'd love a heads up so that we are able to provide the best customer service possible. If you're up for it, please send us a message or give us a call to let us know your group's size and what day and time you'll be in.